Updated: May 31
What Do You Want to Measure?
If you can measure it, you can manage it. And that is why tracking fitness progress is so important. It enables you to see when you are taking the right steps forward towards your goals, and when you are not. The problem with progress is that sometimes it’s so incremental, it’s hard to see with the naked eye. Progress can be only matter of a few ounces a day or maybe a pound a week, and if you don’t see or notice these small changes it can get quite discouraging.
When you have a SuPeRSMART goal, tracking fitness progress, successes, and failures can have a large impact on how successful you are with reaching your end goal. For example, if you don’t track your workouts and healthy eating, how do you know what works and what doesn’t for you? Tracking goals and having a way to analyze your successes and failures provides you with useful data to analyze and adjust so you can succeed.
When it comes to measuring success and tracking fitness progress, there is not one perfect way to do it. Rather, there are several measurements that you can combine to view the whole picture. These measurements could include; bodyweight tracking, body measurements, food tracking, and a fitness journal. The combination of these measurements creates a recipe for success.
Tracking Your Bodyweight
With weight loss or muscle gain, tracking your start weight and repeatedly measuring each week or every few weeks can help you track your fitness progress, discover what is working, and discover what may need adjusted. Scales may provide different body weight readings at different times of the day, but that doesn’t point to inaccuracy. Scale weight will fluctuate day to day, and throughout each day.